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Re: [Savannah-hackers] How to fight spam on GNU mailing lists

From: Mathieu Roy
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers] How to fight spam on GNU mailing lists
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 12:28:18 +0200

Le ven 26 avr 2002 à 11h55, Georg C. F. Greve a écrit :
Hi guys,

 || On Fri, 26 Apr 2002 11:32:15 +0200
 || mathieu <address@hidden> wrote:

 m> That was just an idea, since CVS is a good way to keep version
 m> history, and if we want that any project admin can add entry to
 m> the blacklist, we need to keep this kind of informations.  I dont
 m> know how is the config of mailman, if blacklist can be separated
 m> file than others informations.

I'm not entirely sure why this mail reached me, but it seems like
you've been discussing how to free the GNU lists of Spam. In case you
haven't seen it yet, I recommend taking a look at the SpamAssassin
(also featured in the Brave GNU World).
This seem interesting.

I'm not fine (at all) with « SpamAssassin supports many useful existing blacklists, such as, or others. » since this kind of service dont allow me to post on some list ( one, to give an example) when I'm using my wife's computer that only have a connection with AOL ISP. To use AOL under GNU/Linux, there's no other way than using an SMTP on localhost, and this kind of mail is classified as unwanted by the filter (BTW, ISP SMTP are frequently out-of-order and using our own SMTP is a freedom that Free Software give us :). So I think we should use this kind of options that remove us the choice of the filter policy.

But a point is important and interesting : « Rules, weights and user-visible text are stored in text configuration files as much as possible, which the user (or sysadmin) can edit to modify or add new rules. » It would be nice and easy to : create a project on savannah dedicated to this configurations files.. and so, any people who want to contribute to the filter system should suscribe and modify configurations file using cvs.
And fencepost just have to get the configuration files on a cron job.

This should be the roadmap if anyone agree with that :
- installing spam assassin on fencepost
- creating a special project on savannah and adding to his cvs the configuration files (tip : the HTML CVS should be use instead of Source CVS, since it permit direct access to the files via http, without using viewcvs)
- add cron job on fencepost  that get this files.

So, it can be done really fast.
What do you think about it ?

Mathieu Roy

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